by Al Benson Jr.
Member, Board of Directors, Confederate Society of America
The moment of truth, the place where the rubber meets the road, is not that far off in the Old Dominion.
An article on http://www.breitbart.com for January 7th by AWR Hawkins tells us that: “Virginia gun owners are making clear their plans for noncompliance as Democrats prepare to take control of the legislature and Gov. Ralph Northam promises a war on guns. On January 7th, Breitbart news reported 118 of Virginia’s local governments have declared Second Amendment Sanctuary status since the November 5, 2019 elections gave Democrats enough seats to control the state legislature. From those elections till now, cities, counties and municipalities in the state have proclaimed their plans to refuse enforcement of any new gun controls which the incoming majority might pass.”
Hawkins also noted, among other things that: “Culpeper County Sheriff Scott Jenkins has not only pledged there will be zero enforcement of gun control laws that infringe on Second Amendment rights but that he is also ready to ‘deputize thousands’ in his county to defend gun rights. Throughout this time, Democrat legislators put forward gun controls to be considered once the 2020 session opens. These controls include an ‘assault weapons’ ban, a bill to criminalize private gun sales, and legislation empowering judges to issue orders to seize firearms. Gov. Northam has been very focused on an ‘assault weapons’ ban throughout, but changed from an outright ban to the option of registering the gun or surrendering it, as Second Amendment Sanctuaries continue to accrue.” Sorry folks, but that’s a lousy choice and should fool no one. You have to realize that if you register the gun it will eventually be confiscated because when you register them they know who’s got them and where to go to get them.
Economics professor Walter Williams even told Virginians not to buy into the “registration trick” because “knowing who owns what weapons is the first step to confiscation.” Professor Williams is sharp enough to know that confiscation of firearms is really what all of this is all about. Whatever the leftist governor of Virginia has in mind, he does not want the good citizens of his state to be able to resist it and he must figure they will resist it if they have the means and so his task at this point is to deprive them of those means–which speaks ill of him and his agenda.
Hawkins ends his article with “It is a 21st century ‘Come and take it’ moment.”
And, according to http://www.infowars.com HB 961 has been introduced in Virginia. This bill “enacts ban on suppressors and trigger activators. The bill makes it a Class 6 felony to import, sell, transfer, manufacture, purchase, possess or transport large-capacity firearm, magazines, silencers, and trigger activators, all defined in the bill. Any person who legally owns an assault firearm, etc…on July 1, 2020 may retain possession until Jan 1, 2021…the bill states that every ammunition magazine in Virginia that can accept over ten rounds would have to be destroyed, surrendered to the state, or permanently modified to only hold ten rounds. No compensation given by the state.”
Every gun owner would then be required to register their guns with the state and the bill uses language similar to “New York’s highly unpopular SAFE Act from 2014, which virtually no citizen obeyed” in New York. If no one in New York paid any attention to a bill like this, what makes Northam think that Virginians will? Unless he plans to use force and to attempt to start that civil war he has been accused of trying to foment. From all I have read about Northam I wonder if that is exactly what he plans to do.
According to the Virginia Citizens Defense League https://www.vcdl.org this group will hold a Lobby Day on January 20th in Richmond. Their commentary on this says: “VCDL will be holding the most important Lobby Day Rally that we have ever had on Monday, January 20th, 2020! If you care about your gun rights in the slightest then it is vital that you show up at this rally!”
We don’t live in Virginia and health and finances prevent us from making this trip, but I truly hope and pray that Virginians will show up by the thousands to register their protest against all this gun control/confiscation crap that is being thrown at them. Northam, in all of this, has failed to mention Article One, section 13 of Virginia’s state constitution which reads like a carbon copy of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution. So in trying to deprive Virginians of their Second Amendment rights Mr. Northam is acting in violation of the constitution of the State of Virginia, which he has sworn to uphold. But, then, for a cultural Marxist that poses no problem whatever–but it should be a major problem for any thinking Virginian. Your governor is trying to confiscate your guns in violation of your state constitution. Oh, he’ll say he isn’t but you have to realize that is his eventual goal–otherwise why would he need to know who has the guns???